Group Members/Responsibilities:

Group should have:

  • 2 people filming – responsible for equipment, camera, ipod/phone with song (playing while recording); can take turns filming, other one plays the song for the singers/actors, also handles any lighting equipment or other props).
  • 1-3+ people on camera – singing/dancing/acting out the song. Can have everyone lip syncing the lyrics to the song, and everyone acting in clips, or have 1 person as the Singer, the rest acting out stuff separately or as part of the band. You also can get friends from outside class to “sing” parts – film during homeroom.
    • Singer(s) need to know the lyrics to the song – can film in short pieces/clips, do a little bit at a time, but make sure the singing looks real, in time with song.
    • Cannot be filming in hallways near any classrooms (singing/song is disruptive to classes). Should film outside as much as possible.
    • Singers should actually sing the song so it’ll look real – if just lip-syncing, it will probably look fake!

Required Shots:

Shots of...

  • 10 clips/pieces should be of the singer(s) - see lips/singing to song
  • 3 clips should be of people acting/dancing, not lipsyncing
  • 3 clips should be of objects/things, no people in it (angles, close ups)

Distances (2 of #1-5, 1 of #6)

  1. Extreme Close Up (ECU) - Only see part of face
  2. Close Up (CU) - Keeps only the face full in the frame
  3. Medium Close Up (MCU) - Head and upper chest only in shot
  4. Medium/Mid Shot (MS) - Less than LS, more than CU
  5. Long/Wide Shot (LS) - Entire character/object from head to foot; not as long as an establishing shot
  6. Establishing Long Shot (ELS) - Shows the locale the action is set in

Camera Movement (any 3)

  • PanningCamera moves continuously right to left or v.v.
  • Whip PanPanning so fast that picture blurs beyond recognition
  • POV shotDepicts the POV of a character so we see what they see
  • TrackingFollows a subject from behind or alongside or in front of the subject. Not as clumsy as panning shot.
  • ZoomChange distance between camera and object (using camera or rolling cart) 
  • TiltThe framing moves up & down, with no horizontal movement.
  • Art ShotSubject is circled by the camera (or do that separately and person on green screen

Camera Angles (any 2)

  • Low AngleLooking up at character/subject
  • High AngleLooking down at character/subject
  • Over the ShoulderCamera is behind one subject’s shoulder, during a conversation
  • CowboyFramed from mid thigh up (from behind the person)

EX. Music Videos